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Family escapes death in night arson raid

18 December 2014, 16:39 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A family of six escaped death in Mutwe-Wathi village Mukurweini constituency, Nyeri County after unknown people torched their house on Wednesday night.

The family of Julius Wahome Wambugu was left homeless following the raid that reduced their four-roomed house to ashes and items therein, all valued at KES 3 million.

Wahome who is the chairman of New Gikaru Coffee Cooperative Society said the house was set ablaze using petrol.

He however suspected that the arson attack could have generated from management of the cooperative whose management has been involved in numerous wrangles.

“We had a coffee general meeting at the factory and there was a lot of war of words from people who are against my leadership. I believe the attackers were after my life but God helped me to escape,” said 47-year-old Wambugu.

He said the meeting was attended by senior cooperative officers from Nyeri County.

Wambugu said he heard some movements outside the house and immediately heard a loud burst inside the house.

“My wife and I together with our two nieces who had visited us rushed to save the children and moved them out of the house. We have been left with nothing even the clothes we are wearing have been given by neigbours,” said wailing Wambugu.

He claimed that he had notified the farmers that payments of coffee production will be at KES 33.15 per kilogram and not KES 68 as it had been announced by governor Nderitu Gachagua through advertisements.

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“The KES 68 announced by the governor was a gross figure because he had not deducted factory expenses, inputs among other deductions,” he stated.

He added that a section of farmers were furious with the announcement.

Wambugu claimed that during the meeting a woman confronted him saying that by January next year he will not be in office.

However, so far police have not made any arrests in connection to the raid.

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